I have been wearing a mask in stores (and limiting my trips) since March.I’m not sure how being considerate to others for the common good is now being mocked by some who are calling it “living in fear”, but it needs to stop….When I wear a mask over my nose and mouth in public and in the stores/Supermarkets/Pharmacies/Offices – I want you to know the following: I’m educated enough to know that I could be asymptomatic and still give you the virus. No, I don’t “live in fear” of the virus; I just want to be part of the solution, not the problem. I don’t feel like the “government controls me”. I feel like I’m an adult contributing to the security in our society and I want to teach others the same. If we could all live with the consideration of others in mind, the whole world would be a much better place. Wearing a mask doesn’t make me weak, scared, stupid or even “controlled”. It makes me caring and responsible. When you think about your appearance, discomfort, or other people’s opinion of you, imagine a loved one – a child, father, mother, grandparent, aunt, uncle or even a stranger – placed on a ventilator, alone without you or any family member allowed at their bedside…..Ask yourself if you could have helped them a little by wearing a mask… I copied and posted……Will you ?
Few of my schoolmates get upset about the fact that I work on and promote Entrepreneurship and various Entrepreneurship Networks in the alumni groups. Reason is simple, this universe is a network (explained in details in my book, https://networkquoteint,org so most of what we do, enjoy, live, achieve is only as part of our being part of the “network” or “community” or “family”.
We is greater than ME , Hence I dedicate very high percentage of my time in creating, curating communities especially Entrepreneurship Networks like
https://yen2020.org ; https://bharatnetwork.org ; http://wen1.org or alumni networks like https://www.iimsociety.org or IIM Families & Friends or Sainik Schools Families & Friends
Tech Platforms like Facebook, Google, Linkedin, Telegram, WhatsApp have made it possible for more than half of the world connect with each other and that’s an absolutely transformative opportunity to make the world into one GLocal Digital Family besides the Physical Family
Why Entrepreneurship Is Important to the Economy
By SHOBHIT SETH Updated Jul 22, 2019
Entrepreneurs are frequently thought of as national assets to be cultivated, motivated, and remunerated to the greatest possible extent. Great entrepreneurs have the ability to change the way we live and work. If successful, their innovations may improve standards of living, and in addition to creating wealth with entrepreneurial ventures, they also create jobs and contribute to a growing economy.https://tpc.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html
Entrepreneurship is thus important for a number of reasons, from promoting social change to driving innovation.
Entrepreneurs Spur Economic Growth
New products and services created by entrepreneurs can produce a cascading effect, where it stimulates related businesses or sectors that need to support the new venture, furthering economic development.
For example, a few information technology companies made up the IT industry in India during the 1990s. The industry quickly expanded and many other sectors benefited from it. Businesses in associated industries—such as call center operations, network maintenance companies, and hardware providers—flourished.
Education and training institutes nurtured a new class of IT workers who were offered better, high-paying jobs. Infrastructure development organizations and even real estate companies capitalized on this growth as workers migrated to cities where employment was growing.
Similarly, future development efforts in underdeveloped countries require robust logistics support, capital investments, and a qualified workforce. From the highly qualified programmer to the construction worker, entrepreneurship benefits a large part of the economy.
Entrepreneurs Add to National Income
Entrepreneurial ventures help generate new wealth. Existing businesses may remain confined to existing markets and may hit the glass ceiling in terms of income. New and improved products, services or technology from entrepreneurs enable new markets to be developed and new wealth to be created.
Additionally, increased employment and higher earnings contribute to better national income in the form of higher tax revenue and higher government spending. This revenue can be used by the government to invest in other, struggling sectors and human capital. Although it may make a few existing players redundant, the government can soften the blow by redirecting surplus wealth to retrain workers.https://e754ab033093610c12da44796b9d90ae.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html
According to Babson College, there are 25 million entrepreneurs in the U.S.
Entrepreneurs Create Social Change
Through offering unique goods and services, entrepreneurs break away from tradition and reduce dependence on obsolete systems and technologies. This results in an improved quality of life, improved morale, and greater economic freedom.
For example, the water supply in a water-scarce region will, at times, forces people to stop working to collect water. This will impact their business, productivity, and income. Imagine an innovative and automatic pump that can fill people’s water containers automatically. This type of innovation ensures people are able to focus on their jobs without worrying about a basic necessity like water. More time to devote to work translates to economic growth.
For a more contemporary example, smartphones and apps have revolutionized work and play across the globe. Smartphones are not exclusive to wealthy countries or people. As the growth of the smartphone market continues, technological entrepreneurship can have a profound, long-lasting impact on the world.
Moreover, the globalization of technology means entrepreneurs in lesser-developed countries have access to the same tools as their counterparts in richer countries. They also have the advantage of a lower cost of living, so a young entrepreneur from an underdeveloped country can compete with a multi-million-dollar existing product from a developed country.
Entrepreneurs regularly nurture ventures by other like-minded individuals. They also invest in community projects and provide financial support to local charities. This enables further development beyond their own ventures.
Some famous entrepreneurs, such as Bill Gates, have used their money to finance good causes, from education to public health. The qualities that make one an entrepreneur are the same qualities that help motivate entrepreneurs to pay it forward.
- Entrepreneurship is important as it has the ability to improve standards of living and create wealth, not only for the entrepreneurs, but also for related businesses.
- Entrepreneurs also help drive change with innovation, where new and improved products enable new markets to be developed.
- Economy wise, higher earnings thanks to entrepreneurship can help boost national income and tax revenue.
- Entrepreneurs contribute in other ways as well, such as investing in community projects and supporting local charities.
- Too much entrepreneurship (i..e, high self-employment) can be detrimental to economic development.
Is All Entrepreneurship Good?
Are there any drawbacks to cultivating entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship? Is there a limit to the number of entrepreneurs a society can hold?
Italy may provide an example of a place where high levels of self-employment have proved to be inefficient for economic development. Research has shown that Italy has experienced large negative impacts on the growth of its economy because of self-employment. There may be truth in the old saying, “too many chefs and not enough cooks spoil the soup.”
The Role of Government
Regulation plays a crucial role in nurturing entrepreneurship. Unregulated entrepreneurship may lead to unwanted social outcomes including unfair market practices, pervasive corruption, and criminal activity.
Findings from the United Nations University also indicate the possible implications of “over-nurturing” entrepreneurship. European economist Wim Naudé argues that “while entrepreneurship may raise economic growth and material welfare, it may not always result in improvements in non-material welfare (or happiness). Promotion of happiness is increasingly seen as an essential goal.”
Paradoxically, a significantly high number of entrepreneurs may lead to fierce competition and loss of career choices for individuals. With too many entrepreneurs, levels of aspirations usually rise. Owing to the variability of success in entrepreneurial ventures, the scenario of having too many entrepreneurs may also lead to income inequality, making citizens more unhappy.
The Bottom Line
The relationship between entrepreneurship and economic development is important to understand for policymakers and business owners. Understanding the benefits and drawbacks of entrepreneurship allows a balanced approach to nurturing entrepreneurship to be taken, which can result in a positive economic and societal impact.SPONSORED
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There are a lot of documents & videos on National Education Policy and commentary of experts available on Internet so I will not even attempt to describe that here. Here I will try to give a Historical context & then few thoughts on future. There is a very popular song Buffalo Soldier by Bob Marley which says , If you know your history “Then you would know where you’re coming from. Then you wouldn’t have to ask me. Who the heck do I think I am”.
The history of education began with teaching of traditional elements such as Indian religions, Indian mathematics, Indian logic at early Hindu and Buddhist centres of learning such as ancient Takshashila (in modern-day Pakistan) and Nalanda (in India) Before Christ. Islamic education became ingrained with the establishment of the Islamic empires in the Indian subcontinent in the Middle Ages while the coming of the Europeans later brought western education to colonial India Modern Universities were established during British rule in the 19th century. A series of measures continuing throughout the early half of the 20th century ultimately laid the foundation of education in the Republic of India, Pakistan and much of the Indian subcontinent. Early education in India commenced under the supervision of a guru or prabhu.Initially, education was open to all and seen as one of the methods to achieve Moksha in those days, or enlightenment Source: Wikipedia
Having given the historical context, let me share my opinion on Role of Government in Education in general and India’s National Education Policy in particular. In my view government in each society has few primary responsibilities like providing a safe & secure environment and that means ensure Law & Order. After that they are also expected to ensure basic needs like Food, Water,, Health & Education is available to all. Providing free primary education to all citizens of country is a major factor that differentiates Developed World from Developing World. In modern world Western European Countries especially Nordic Countries like Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland.
Unfortunately, both the percentage of national budget allocated to Education in India was abysmally low compared to rest of world. This was accompanied by misplaced policies and priorities on “rote learning, exam & government jobs orientation”. However one major course correction seems to have taken place in the recently passed India ndia National Education Policy 2019, which envisions an India-centric education system that contributes directly to transforming our nation sustainably into an equitable and vibrant knowledge society by providing high-quality education to all. What was wrong with the old education policy was that it was prepared by Britishers to create a class of clerks, bureaucrats which continued even after freedom. The first Indian Institutes of Technology were established in the 1950s to promote technical education in India. Now, there are 23 IITs in India considered to be the premier engineering universities of the country & 20 Indian Institutes of Management in India considered to be the premier management Institutions of India. Few years back The Sarva Shikhsha Abhiyan, was a movement pioneered by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, which aimed to free and compulsory education a fundamental right to children between the ages of 6 and 14. The Right to Education Act was passed in 2009. In the National Education Policy passed by India, it attempts a complete reboot of Education System.
- Three years of anganwadi or preschool + two years in primary school in grades 1-2 covering ages 3 to 8 years
- The ‘preparatory stage’ covering ages 8 to 11 years or grades 3-5
- The ‘middle stage’ covering ages 11 to 14 years or grades 6-8
- The ‘secondary stage’ covering ages 14 to 18 years in two phases – grades 9-10 in the first and grades 11-12 in the second
अहिंसा परमो धर्मः धर्म हिंसा तथैव च: l”
(अहिंसा सबसे बड़ा धर्म है और धर्म रक्षार्थ हिंसा भी उसी प्रकार श्रेष्ठ है)
Ahimsa Paramo Dharma Dharma himsa tathaiva cha,,
(Non-violence is the ultimate dharma. So too is violence in service of Dharma).
भारत में अहिंसा के पुजारी का ढोंग करने वाले महात्मा गाँधी ने हिन्दुओ की सभा में हमेंशा यही श्लोक पढते थे लेकिन हिन्दुओ को कायर रखने के लिए गांधी इस श्लोक को अधूरा ही पढ़ता था जिससे हिन्दुओ का धार्मिक खून उबल न पड़े. इसमें कोई शंशय नहीं की अहिंसा बहुत ही स्वीकार्य और महान सोच है परन्तु उसी के साथ हिन्दुओ / सनातनियो को अपने धर्म की रक्षा (राष्ट्र धर्म,मानवता, प्रकृति, कर्त्तव्य रक्षा, समाज रक्षा, गृहस्थ रक्षा यानी जितने धार्मिक कर्तव्य हैं ) के आड़े आने वाली हर बाधा की समाप्त करने के लिए किया गया आवश्यक हिंसा उतना ही श्रेष्ठ है. अपने बंधू-बान्धवो की रक्षा राष्ट्र रक्षा का एक भाग जिसमे यदि हिंसा आवश्यक है तो करना श्रेष्ठ है
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I am part of few WhatsApp group and admin of few. Last week I had a very disturbing experience when few members of the group would refuse to introduce themselves in the group, They would make lame excuses of privacy. My response, your privacy ends when you are in public. If you prefer privacy then stay indoors, don’t participate in public groups.
One of the persons from this otherwise very wonderful group would refuse to introduce himself/herself in spite of many requests. Well, having built and managed communities since school days,, I have also learnt few lessons on how to deal with such stakers, spammers. I created a separate group called “Quarantined” and moved these nameless numbers to that group. Those who introduced themselves they were added back to the main group from Quarantine.
What do you think of this strategy ? How do you deal with such stalkers, spammers ?
Last month we launched YEN (Young Entrepreneurs Network).
This ia very ambitious non-profit entrepreneurship promotion effort to connect entrepreneurs Globally & Locally. We will believe in the end of geographical boundaries as a barrier due to technologies like Internet, Supersonic Speed Air Travel, Now even Space Travel, Hyperloop, Ultra fast flights, Trains Transport, ….. to be finished later
Sushant Singh Rajput
We will remember you for talent, hard work and a great human. Proud of you and all the work you did & lives you touched, You left the world a better place by your work, #SushantSinghRajput
We lost a great Human today.
Also an accomplished, bollywood star who happened to be from my hometown Patna, Bihar. He also happened to be from a school, St Karens Patna that I had studied for few months. People who know him closely can write better about him as a friend, classmate, actor. I knew him mainly via my brother Abhishek who was his classmate at St Karens, Patna and used to share his stories at home (not to me but his sister/parents). I only knew you from second hand stories in family or via media and your films. As is my nature, I take lot of pride in accomplishments and struggles of everyone I know and especially those I know via a shared relationship. I know you as classmate of Abhishek (now Jeevi) , a very bright Patna kid who pursued his dreams. You will be remembered by all your fans and all whose life you touched.
I won’t even attempt to share your excellence career so sharing about you from Wikipedia which is world’s encyclopedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sushant_Singh_Rajput
In 2008, the casting team of Balaji Telefilms saw Rajput’s personality and acting talent while he was on stage for one of Ekjute’s plays. They invited him to audition for them and Rajput landed the role of Preet Juneja in Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil. His character was killed quite early in the show, but he was such a popular character with the viewers that he was brought back for the series finale in the form of a spirit, looking on as his family celebrates after going through difficult times.
In June 2009, Rajput began starring in Pavitra Rishta as Manav Deshmukh, a serious and mature character working as a mechanic to support his family. His work in this serial received wide appreciation, and Rajput received three major television awards for best male actor and most popular actor. This performance was his breakthrough and gave him a stepping stone into films. Initially when producer Ekta Kapoor cast him as lead for Pavitra Rishta while playing the parallel lead in Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil, Zee TV did not accept him. However, Kapoor convinced them to accept him.
In May 2010, Rajput joined the dance reality show Zara Nachke Dikha 2. He had already proven his acting talents by winning awards for his performance in Pavitra Rishta, and he wanted to establish that he had good dancing skills and could be trained further. In Zara Nachke Dikha, Rajput was a part of the Mast Kalandar Boys Team. He did the shooting for both Pavitra Rishta and Zara Nachke Dikha 2 at the same time. On the Mother’s Day special episode, his team dedicated a performance to his mother, who had died in 2002.
In October 2011, Rajput decided to quit Pavitra Rishta to pursue a filmmaking course abroad, and in November 2011, Rajput quit the series and was replaced by Hiten Tejwani. However, in October 2014, Tejwani paved way for Rajput who appeared in the final episode aired on 25 October 2014 as Manav.
Film career (2013–20)
Rajput auditioned for Abhishek Kapoor‘s Kai Po Che! and was selected to play one of the three leads, along with Rajkumar Rao and Amit Sadh. Based on the Chetan Bhagat novel The 3 Mistakes of My Life, the film proved to be a critical and commercial success. His portrayal of Ishaan Bhatt, an ex-district level cricketer who is a victim of politics in the cricketing selection fraternity, was praised. Critic Rajeev Masand wrote: “…it’s Sushant Singh Rajput, making his film debut as Ishaan, who it’s hard to take your eyes off. The actor has an indescribable presence and it’s clear from his confidence and distinct likeability that a star is born.”Rajput with Vaani Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra promoting Shuddh Desi Romance on Comedy Nights with Kapil in 2013
His second movie was Shuddh Desi Romance, alongside Parineeti Chopra and Vaani Kapoor. Directed by Maneesh Sharma and produced by Yash Raj Films, the film deals with the subject of live-in relationships and was completely filmed in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Taran Adarsh from Bollywood Hungama praised Rajput’s performance, saying: “After leaving a tremendous impression in his first Hindi outing, Sushant Singh Rajput… brings a lot of freshness with his unpretentious and spontaneous act.” Sukanya Verma from Rediff stated: “After a dynamic debut in Kai Po Che!, Rajput channelises his abundant energy to convey the childlike ineptitude of a man who wears his heart on a sleeve.” Sushant’s next role was in Rajkumar Hirani‘s 2014 film PK. Although his role was relatively minor, the film gave him the opportunity to work with Aamir Khan and Anushka Sharma. Upon its release, the film proved to be the one of the highest-grossing Indian films.
In 2015, Rajput’s sole release was Dibakar Banerjee‘s mystery thriller Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! (2015), in which he portrayed detective Byomkesh Bakshi, created by Bengali writer Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay. The film was produced jointly by Yash Raj Films and Banerjee’s own film production company Dibakar Banerjee Productions. Set in Kolkata in the 1940s, the film was released on 3 April 2015.Rajput with Kriti Sanon promoting Raabta in 2017
In 2016, he appeared in Neeraj Pandey‘s biographical sports film M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story, in lead role of Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The film was a critical and commercial success, becoming one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films of 2016. Rajput’s performance was widely praised by critics and earned him his first nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actor.
In 2018, he appeared in Kedarnath, a love story set in the backdrop of the 2013 floods in Uttarakhand, co-starring Sara Ali Khan. In this film he played the role of Mansoor Khan, a Kashmiri young man.
In 2019, he appeared in Abhishek Chaubey’s Sonchiriya opposite Bhumi Pednekar. He appeared in Nitesh Tiwari‘s Chhichhore opposite Shraddha Kapoor that released on 6 September 2019. Later that year, he starred in Drive alongside Jacqueline Fernandez, which was released on Netflix.
In 2016, it was announced that Rajput would appear in a science-fiction space film, Chanda Mama Door Ke, along with R. Madhavan. He later withdrew from the film, citing date conflicts. In 2020, he starred in Mukesh Chhabra‘s remake of The Fault in Our Stars titled Dil Bechara. The film was slated to be released in May of that year but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He was also set to essay 12 real-life characters, including political strategist Chanakya, poet Rabindranath Tagore and former Indian president APJ Abdul Kalam, in a biopic series on Stories of India.
Like may previous years, TiEcon 2020 is also shaping up well with a great line up of investors, entrepreneurs, speakes, Looking forward to it. Even with the disruption of Covid19 pandemic, had not dampened our spirits and the organizing team, volunteers are working diligently and passionately via online events, named as Road to TiEcon
Will encourage all my friends, alumni to start registering as sponsors, attendees or volunteers.
I am voluneering with AI/ML Track besides the Marketing Team being led by Anand Akela who is Product Makreting Leader of NUTANIX & Content Chair of MARKETING AND SALES
Siddharth Gautam (Gautam Buddha) learnt and shared this insight or enlightenment after decades of mediation at the Bodhi Tree in Bodh Gaya and exploration that root cause of suffering is desire/expectation.
I have also learnt that from my experiences in many of my non-profit social ventures as well as business,
Some of the most enthusiastic volunteers or team members or Co-founders join the organization. with high energy. They also bring lot of energy, ideas and want to make things happen. Seems great. But then often these volunteer contributors or colleagues seem to forget that the org was running fine before they joined and thinking of team or the organization is also equally important.
The founders have a vision and they co-create, curate, nurture and build an organization. As a new team member our inputs are valuable. However we shouldn’t discard all the great work being done by those who have served the organization or built the organization before we joined. If we see mutual value then let us collobarate and strengthen the relationship, If priorities have changed or there seems to be a difference of value systems or conflict of priorities then have a conversation, resolve it or else part ways and move on.
I have connected and helped few entrepreneurs as well friends, family and alumni via various entrepreneurship and alumni organizations. However, often see lack of clarity on expectations and that causes disappointment and conflicts. Initial courtship or dating is needed among entrepreneurs & investors, employees & employers to know mutual values and synergies. Sometime a new person in team wants to own the team or be the captain, That is not always possible Maybe the team had many more equally or ore deserving members. Hustle for our seat at the table but should not get disappointed if the team doesn’t give us everything we want. We need to earn our seat at the table by contributions over a period of time and try to become indispensable to the extent possible,
My experience in Corporate Roles with GE, Genpact, R1, Infosys & Virtusa as well as co-founder of non-profits like
Bihar Entrepreneurs Network, 2011
Jharkhand Entrepreneurs Network 2015
Bharat Entrepreneurs Network & WEN 2017
IIM Society 2004
IIM Family 2014
as well as volunteering for TiE, MJF, Rajiv Circle, IIMA IIMAAA, FOG SV, & many others have given me some good exposure to the mindset, motivations and drivers of the founders, volunteers and team.
Often it’s driven by motivations like charity , giving back, name, fame, wealth and often relationships. I have also seen that non-profit volunteer orgs have more politics or power struggle than business since the expectations are not clear. In a job it is simple, Salary, Bonus, Equity but in a volunteering roles it gets tricky. I will share about experiences with example in my next blog or add to this blog.